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Bacela praises Kaizer Chiefs defenders

Lennox Bacela of Orlando Pirates and Tefu Mashamaite of Kaizer Chiefs (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Lennox Bacela of Orlando Pirates and Tefu Mashamaite of Kaizer Chiefs (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates’ striker Lennox Bacela believes it is Kaizer Chiefs’ strong defence that has won them this season’s Absa Premiership title.

Chiefs have conceded just 12 goals in their 27 games so far, sealing the league with three games to spare in a 4-1 victory over Polokwane City on Wednesday evening.

“They (Chiefs) were very solid defensively, you can go to any league in the world and defence is what wins you the league,” said Bacela on Wednesday.

Pirates have never really been in the title race this season, and are 19 points behind Amakhosi as they take on the University of Pretoria at Orlando Stadium on Friday evening.

There have been mitigating circumstances for Pirates however, with the tragic murder of goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa at the end of October, and the resignation of coach Vladimir Vermezovic at the start of December.

“With what we went through, in terms of losing our player (Meyiwa), and halfway through the season we lost our coach, it was never easy for us to challenge for honours. But we can’t look for excuses, we must build on what we have done and hopefully change things. We look forward to better things.”

Bacela, meanwhile, expects a tricky game against Tuks on Friday night, but is hopeful Pirates can win, as they seek the runners-up spot in the league that will qualify the Buccaneers for the 2016 Caf Champions League.

“I have seen them (Tuks) play and it is going to be a difficult game,” said Bacela.

“They have lost their last two games and will be even more motivated by the fact that they are playing Pirates. In saying that we can’t afford to slip up any more, so we know we need to work extremely hard. If we can match them for effort, they can’t beat us.”

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